In order to set a standard for efficient living in Manchester’s Northern Gateway regeneration area, plans for a key urban neighbourhood have been submitted.
Forming part of MCR Property Group, Southvalley Estates are proposing to build:
- 1,202 energy-efficient homes,
- 2 commercial units,
- A pocket park,
- Pedestrian and cycling routes.
This scheme will be the first residential development to form part of “New Town”, which is one of seven Manchester neighbourhoods from the City Council’s £1 billion Northern Gateway masterplan.
Currently surface car parking, the 6.7-acre site was formally “Gould Street Gasworks”.
The Gasworks, New Town, will be built in three phases, with the first homes anticipated to be finished in 2023.
The development will encompass:
- townhouses and apartments,
- in eight mid-rise blocks,
- staggered between eight and 17 storeys.
The 4th stage of the development is anticipated to finish by 2030 with a 33-storey residential tower overlooking public open space, said by the developers to be larger than the football pitch at Old Trafford or the City of Manchester Stadium and to include 100 trees.
Additionally, the scheme plans to reduce emissions (saving more than 300 tonnes annually), through amplifying cycle parking, (over 1,200 spaces for residents and pedestrian routes), while decreasing the amount of parking spaces in the basements.
“Our plans for this former gasworks site go above and beyond the minimum requirements for sustainable development to set the benchmark for other schemes in New Town,” said Eliot Baker, MCR Property Group planning manager. “We feel our bold proposals make the most of this core city centre location in a way that will significantly transform the New Town area and realise the ambitions of the Northern Gateway vision.”
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